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Cardinals squeeze by Wrens


October 30, 2020

Dan Saletel

Cromwell-Wright's Andrea Pocernich bumps the ball as the Cardinals take on the Wrens Thursday afternoon in Wrenshall.

Cromwell-Wright and Wrenshall hooked up in girls volleyball action last Thursday with the Cardinals coming out on top 3-1. Cromwell won by scores of; 25-18, 12-25, 25-16, 25-22. The victory improved the Cards record to 3-1 on the season.

"Our team is very young. I am very happy with how the team is playing together and staying positive with each other," said Cromwell coach Amy Granholm. "I feel that the players are very supportive of each other. We know that we are lucky to be playing now, so we want to make each day count. Our thought is that we don't know what tomorrow will bring."

While the youthful Cards played up to their coach's expectations, Wrens coach John Peterson felt his team could have performed better.

"Generally I don't think we played up to our expectations," said Wrenshall coach John Peterson. "The second game we won by double-digits and the other games should have been closer. Cromwell had a couple of great servers that went on streaks against us."

Dan Saletel

Janae Sjodin works to block a shot from Cromwell-Wright's Andrea Pocernich during Thursdayn's match between the Wrens and the Cardinals in Wrenshall.

A switch by Granholm in her rotation in the second set seemed to change momentum in the match.

"Our team played very well at times, especially when we were talking and communicating with our teammates," said Granholm. "It definitely was a game of momentum. Our passing was improved in this game which helped get some setups. Andrea Pocernich was a leader that kept us talking and led us with her digging and passing. But it was a team effort to get each point for the win."

Despite not winning the Wrens coaches do feel that the opportunity is there for a team that can win going forward.

"The girls have things to work on and need to continue to get better," said Peterson. "We have struggles, but also we have a lot of talented athletes that need to work on coming together collectively."

Brooke Kent had seven kills and 28 digs, while Jenna Johnson finished with 31 digs for the Wrens.


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